What is the Cthulhu Mythos?


Dear Sara,

What is the Cthulhu Mythos?

Fern J.

Dear Fern,

The Cthulhu Mythos is the blanket name, originally coined by horror writer August Derleth, for the mythology created in the works of H.P. (short for Howard Phillips) Lovecraft, 1890-1837. Lovecraft wrote about monstrous Great Old Ones, or Ancient Ones, who existed in a reality outside our universe, or else trapped inside the Earth or beneath the sea, hungering for a way back to destroy all sentient life in the cosmos. Their propensity for destruction and their appearances were both beyond description; any human who learned too much about them was bound to go mad. Cthulhu is perhaps the most famous of the named creatures created by Lovecraft – others in his pantheon include Azathoth, Ghatanothoa, Shub-Niggurath, Yog-Sothoth, Nyarlathotep and Yig. Lovecraft also wrote the short story “Herbert West: Re-Animator,” though it’s a safe bet the author could not have imagined the cult film REANIMATOR, based on his writing. Lovecraft’s mystical monsters exerted such a pull on the imagination of other horror writers, starting with his contemporary Derleth and continuing into the present day, that they began making their own contributions to the Mythos, which now includes a role-playing game and innumerable novels, short stories and films.

Cthulhu MythosIt’s In The Bag,
-Sara Bellum

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Sara Bellum
The name's Sara Bellum, and I'm the editor-at-large here at BuzzyMag - the hostess with the mostess, if you will. I like to think that my first calling is fighting crime and delivering a heaping dose of sweet, sweet justice to all manner of thugs, miscreants, hoodlums, ruffians, and ne'er-do-wells, but unfortunately, violent vigilantism doesn't exactly pay big bucks these days.  

Times are tough, my friends, and I've got bills to pay, so I decided to put my encyclopedic knowledge of all things sci-fi & fantasy-related to use to help me land a day job. To tell you the truth, it's kind of a nice change of pace. My manicures have been lasting a bit longer lately.